temporary, passing, impermanent; perishable, caducous, deciduous.
3. impatient, irascible. See - quick-tempered.
4. lively, keen, alert, active, vigorous, yare, spanking, energetic; spry, agile, sprightly; snappy, vivacious, animated, spirited, frisky; up-and-coming, wide-awake, go-ahead.
5. adroit, dexterous, deft, skillful, apt, expert, able, adept; facile, handy, nimble-fingered, neat-handed, clever.
6. acute, shrewd, astute. See - quick-witted.
7. living, live, alive, animate, viable; existing, alive and kicking, breathing.
-n. 8. living persons, the living.
9. vital part, most important part; crux, heart, essence, pith.
10. cut to the quick injure deeply, hurt the feelings of, crush, Fig. devastate.
quicken, v. 1. accelerate, speed up, hasten, expedite, precipitate; propel, advance, impel, drive, dispatch; hustle, bestir, rush.
2. stimulate, stir up, rouse, incite, kindle, enkindle, fire; arouse, instigate, fan, foment, inspire, whet; press, push, spur, goad, urge, egg on.
3. animate, restore to life, revive, vivify, resuscitate; awaken, energize, vitalize, revitalize, enliven, strengthen; introduce new blood, infuse new life into, restore vigor to; refresh, sharpen, affect, move.
quickly, adv. 1. swiftly, speedily, rapidly, fast; promptly, without delay, with dispatch, expeditiously; posthaste, apace, hotfoot, with celerity, hastily, helter-skelter, pell-mell, hurry-scurry, slapdash, head over heels; abruptly, briskly; hurriedly, headlong, precipitately, full-tilt, at full speed, at full gallop, tantivy, in full sail.
2. immediately, instantaneously, on the spur of the moment, on the spot, on the instant, straightway, presently, directly, forthwith, very soon, Archaic. anon, erelong; instantly, in a flash, in a wink, in a zip, in less than no time, in no time, in nothing flat, in no time flat, in short order, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, on the double, SI. pronto; suddenly, overnight,
quickness, n. 1. haste, speed, rapidity, swiftness, celerity, fleetness, velocity, fastness; suddenness, hastiness, abruptness, briskness, speediness; dispatch, promptness, punctuality; brevity, impermanence, transitoriness, transience, ephemerality, ephemeralness, evanescence.
2. animation, liveliness, agility, nimbleness, spry-ness; energy, vim, dash, dan, spirit, snap; alertness, keenness, alacrity,
quick-tempered, adj. impatient, irritable, irascible; high-strung, high-mettled, temperamental, excitable, impulsive, volatile; hot-blooded, hot-tempered, fiery, like tinder, like touchwood; testy, touchy, petulant, snappish, peppery, waspish, shrewish; choleric, splenetic, fretful; bad-tempered, cantankerous, captious, churlish, quarrelsome.
quick-witted, adj. acute, keen, shrewd, astute, Scot. and North Eng. gleg; intelligent, discerning, perspicacious, brainy, hard-headed, long-headed, far-sighted, penetrating, thoughtful; alert, wide-awake; brilliant, luminous, bright; smart, clever, foxy, ingenious, sharp-witted, sharp as a tack, SI. on the ball, Inf. crack, SI. crackerjack, Inf. whiz bang, Brit. SI. whizzo; nimble-witted, witty, salty, jocose, jocular, facetious, humorous, waggish.
quiddity, n. 1. haecceity, essence, inner essence, stuff, substance, Metaphys. hypostasis.
2. subtlety, subtle distinction, fine or thin line, quirk, quodlibet, Archaic, quillet; quibble, cavil, quip, trifling nicety.